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How Can Black People Protect Their Mental Health Right Now?

Content note: includes discussion of COVID-19, police brutality toward Black people, murder of unarmed Black people The last few weeks have put Black people through the wringer. The footage of George Floyd’s death has sparked the largest protest in history…
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How Can Parents and Kids with Disabilities Cope During COVID-19?

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19.  In the age before the internet when many Autistic girls were misdiagnosed, my mother used to say, “Amy is like any other…
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The “Anosognosia” Label is Psychiatric Gaslighting Masquerading as Science

Content notes: mental illness, forced treatment Since the late 1990s, a movement composed of medical professionals, cops, and caregivers has advanced a strategic campaign of psychiatric gaslighting designed to shift public policy steadily towards canceling the rights of mad and…
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When Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Turned “Sane” – COVID-19 and Double Standards

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. I woke a March ago to the cruel, familiar feeling of unsubstantiated terror. Anxieties of tenuous relation folded in on one another…
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I’m Public About My Experiences with Epilepsy, but I’m Not Your Happy Warrior

I am an incredibly lucky woman. Now 45 years old, I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder at age 18, while my parents had good health insurance and were able to get me treatment right away. I had my first…
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Losing Liberty: Transitioning to Life Without a Service Dog

Retiring my service dog was an eventuality nobody talked to me about — realistically, because nobody really talked to me about living with a service dog, either. Liberty and I always figured it out as we went along. And just…
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Coping with Suicidal Ideation Among the Uncertainty of COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. This post discusses suicide. If you or someone you know are in need of…
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The Conversations That Black Communities Need to Be Having About Suicide

This post discusses suicide. If you or someone you know are in need of support, please reach out for support. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 En Español: 1-888-628-9454 For people who are deaf/hard-of-hearing: 1-800-799-4889 Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to…
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Long Term Residential Mental Health Institutionalization of Teens Does More Harm Than Good

Content notes: mental illness, institutionalization, sexual abuse Twenty-five months: It may seem like an insignificant amount of time to most people, but when you live in a lockdown mental health facility, time seems warped, drawn out, almost painful. I was…